Author Archives: Scott Reed

English Reformation Podcast 2: The rise of St. John Fisher

In the latest installment, we will look at the rise of St. John Fisher, as the medieval England of his youth passes to the new world of the renaissance, at least in court and intellectual circles. We will look to Fisher’s world, and his early life in it, until his creation as a bishop and […]

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St. Robert Bellarmine’s Household Exhortations 01

Today we begin a groundbreaking series of readings of St. Robert Bellarmine’s Exhortationes Domesticae, or Household Exhortations. These were a series of Spiritual Conferences given by St. Robert Bellarmine to his Jesuit confreres between 1583 and 1615 when he was no longer able to give them. The manuscripts were discovered by the Jesuit historian Van […]

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History of the Third Order of St. Francis

He was under the necessity of repeating the same injunctions in several towns in Tuscany, particularly in Florence, where similar views prevailed, and where they had already commenced building a monastery for females, who were desirous of renouncing the world. While he was yet ruminating on the mode of life he should prescribe for them, […]

St. Anthony of Padua, Confessor, First Order

In the quiet little Franciscan convent at Coimbra he received a friendly reception, and in the very same year his earnest wish to be sent to the missions in Africa was fulfilled. But God had decreed otherwise. St. Anthony scarcely set foot on African soil when he was seized with a grievous illness. Even after […]

St. Charles Borromeo, Bishop and Cardinal, Third Order

However, Cardinal Borromeo, who was then only twenty-two years old, was an exceptional young man, endowed with extraordinary gifts of mind and heart, deeply spiritual, and devoted wholeheartedly to the welfare of the Church. It was due to the young cardinal’s vigorous efforts and leadership that the Council of Trent was re-opened and carried to […]

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